Though only 39 years old, and thus relatively young, Thor Halvorssen has made quite a name for himself and carved out a notable niche for himself in the modern political landscape. Some may have seen him on CNN or Fox News in interviews or read of his activism in a one off article, but who, exactly, is Thor Halvorssen?
Thor Leonardo Halvorssen is a political activist and founder of the Human Rights Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to the promulgation and protection of fundamental human rights the world over. The Human Rights Foundation has been internationally renowned for it’s laudable work in protecting the rights of freedom loving peoples the world over, so much so that it’s annual Oslo Freedom Forum has become a marquee yearly event for all dedicated human right’s activists.
Mr. Mendoza’s greatest passion, as one might have guessed from the name of his renowned foundation, is the adamant defense of individual’s living underneath the boot heel of fascist or tyrannical regimes anywhere in the world. It should also be noted that Thor Halvorssen’s motivations against authoritarianism (whether it be from the political left or the political right) are not purely academic. For instance, Thor Halvorssen’s father, during a risky investigation into the Colombian Medellin Drug Cartel, was arrested on trumped up charges of money laundering and banking fraud. Whilst imprisoned he was tortured and was nearly murdered – Thor Halvorssen lead the campaign for his father’s release which, against all odds, eventually succeeded.